❚ A SHY ONLY CHILD, NIGEL JOHN TAYLOR wasn’t an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. In the summer of 1978 John formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes. One international rock-star life later, he is in Britain this week promoting his autobiography In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran which is published here by Sphere.
Take your pick between the two top interviews … Catch up on JT talking to Hardeep Singh Kohli on Radio 4 Midweek about being born a Nigel so shy he’d “have been happy in a shoegazer band”, on the loneliness of touring, on getting caught up in the hype though “I don’t ever want it to end” … on class A drugs, and on daring to ask producer Cubby Broccoli if he could write a Bond movie theme.
Alternatively you can witness the sexual chemistry when John Taylor visits ITV’s Loose Women, Carol Vorderman, Lisa Maxwell, Janet Street-Porter, Sally Lindsay. Right from the start Vorderman kicks off with sex, and we learn the significance of the number printed each day in Duran’s US tour booklet, about the road to recovery from drug addiction… plus more on JT’s mum being a “catholoholic”.
➢ In NYC on Oct 13 there’s a lunchtime book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, E 54th St (US publication by Dutton Adult on Oct 16)